Digital media / Journalism

Well-played, MLive: Prom coverage is smart, social and inclusive

Interesting news content experiments are one benefit of the “disruptive innovation” (aka financial challenges) reshaping traditional journalism. As media companies of all sizes jockey for relevance, appeal and distinction, readers gain wider opportunities to find professionally presented coverage of niche topics. Take high school proms for a timely example. In fact, take more than 50 … Continue reading

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Lessons from Jake Lobb, 14: ‘Citizen journalist’ after schoolmate’s suicide

Everyone is a potential reporter or commentator these days. But not all amateurs do it as well as Jake Lobb, a Metro Detroit ninth-grader who jumped into action soon after a student’s suicide. Though he didn’t know 13-year-old Tyler Nichols, who was a grade behind him at Davidson Middle School in Southgate, Jake says he … Continue reading

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Detroit Free Press Reporter Has Online Conversations With Readers From Kwame Kilpatrick Trial

Jim Schaefer has worn diverse career hats: copy editor, police beat, video game reviewer, feature writer, TV news producer and – most notably – investigative reporter. Now he adds multimedia juggler. His Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial role for the Detroit Free Press is a model of what’s called multi-platform journalism. In addition to contributing to … Continue reading

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Nurses see no humor in ‘Count Stormula’ re-tweet by Detroit News

Good timing is a key to comedy and journalism. The Detroit News failed on both counts Tuesday morning, the Michigan Nurses Association says. The medical group’s communication director, Dawn Kettinger, sent a complaint to prominent journalism blogger Jim Romenesko after The News’ social media team (@detnews) re-tweeted this crack by a young Ferndale woman: BREAKING: … Continue reading

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Back-and-forth reports on Emanuel Steward death show web-speed coverage is slippery

Breaking news coverage is hard, especially when information from presumably reliable sources is fuzzy or inconsistent. That led The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and a few national news sites to report Thursday that legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward had died – only to be contradicted initially by family members a handful of hours before … Continue reading

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MLive’s one-voice report on Occupy Detroit isn’t fair or balanced

Anniversary articles are as much of a journalistic chestnut as Halloween safety tips and Dream Cruise previews. They’re the Groundhog Day of assignments: soft, predictable and unhurried. But any story can be elevated by an artful, imaginative writer. And in less skilled hands, we get what Mlive posts today as coverage of Occupy Detroit’s first … Continue reading